A hub for news and support available for businesses during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak


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If the Coronavirus outbreak is affecting your business, we’ve highlighted the key help you can get, from us and from the Government.

We are all living through something never experienced before meaning there’s no guide or known solution available.  With daily updates from the Government it also means a fast moving playing field.

So what help is available?  At Raedan we’re working hard to assist our clients at this very uncertain time.  We believe it’s going to take communication and community spirit to work this out together.

See more on what is available from us below.


Often the news headlines don’t reveal the full truth behind the above options, so one of our first jobs is to clear up the message and explore the detail, hence this page.

We’ll be holding our clients hands, as always, as they look to navigate these options and the next few months in general.

After that, most businesses are looking very closely at cashflow so we’re creating a variety of resources to help them.

Government Support Update

Watch the recording of our webinar from 6 May 2020, covering all the Government support, also shown below.

Cashflow e-book

Released late last year, if you haven’t downloaded it already it contains a number of actionable tips to improve your cashflow.

Business Continuity Plan

A guide and free template to create your own Business Continuity Plan.  A form of business plan for coping in a crisis.


With daily updates from the Government the range of support is constantly updating.  At present the following key measures are available to businesses.

(Last updated 18 May 2020)


Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Announced on 20 March, this scheme is available to all employers.

It is designed to provide up to 80% (max of £2,500 a month) of furloughed workers wages to employers, allowing them to retain employees through the outbreak.

Initially intended to last three months the chancellor has suggested it could be available longer if needed.

So what’s a furloughed worker?  It’s an employee who is forced temporarily to be absent from work but is not made redundant.  I.e. anyone who is unable to work during coronavirus, working from home doesn’t count!

More questions?  Check out our FAQ 


Coronavirus Self-Employed Income Support Scheme

Following concerns they had been ignored, the self-employed received details of support from the Government on 26 March.

Like the Job Retention Scheme, eligible self-employed workers will receive the lower of 80% of their average monthly income or £2,500.

Initially intended to cover three months (April, May and June 2020).

To find out more on how it will be calculated and other key details, head to our blog.

Business Rates Relief / Grants

If you receive small business rates relief (rateable value of under £15,000) you will receive a grant of £10,000.

If your business is in the retail, hospitality or leisure industry and you have a property with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000 you will receive a grant of £25,000.

Further, all businesses in those industries will receive a 12 months business rates holiday.

All businesses should by now have received their grant but we understand there are millions unclaimed.  If you’re not sure, talk to your landlord and local authority.

Enhancement to Statutory Sick Pay

Sick pay is now available to employees from Day 1 of their illness or self-isolation period.

Repayment of SSP will be available for periods of illness on or after 13 March 2020.  Up to 14 days SSP may be reclaimed and is available to businesses that:

  • had a PAYE scheme in operation on 28 February
  • had fewer than 250 employees on 28 February
  • are eligible to receive State Aid

Repayment can be applied for from 26 May 2020 via the HMRC website 



Launched on 4 May, the Bounce Back Loan Scheme is designed to help out smaller businesses who had been struggling to get CBILS from banks.

In many cases businesses were still going through the process of applying for CBILS at the time of launch and were able to switch across.

BBLS have many of the same advantages as CBILS but also have a 100% guarantee from the Government and an interest rate cap of 2.5%.

The application process has been vastly simplified and in some cases we’ve seen application to funds received within 24 hours.

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

This loan scheme is designed to provide a guarantee of up to 80% against a loan where otherwise the lender might not see the business as eligible.

This means, where the borrower has a sound proposal but insufficient security.

If as a business you have sufficient security the lender will lend under usual terms, not CBILS.

It should be noted therefore, this is not a guaranteed source of funding and the lender can still say no.

They are interest free for the first 12 months.

If you are unsure which loan is best for your business, please take a read of our blog Business Interruption vs Bounce Back Loans.

You can also find further details of the schemes on the British Business Bank website.


VAT Deferral

Announced on 20 March, any VAT payments due between 20 March and 30 June will be automatically deferred.  No application is required.

It has been confirmed returns should be filed as usual but not paid.  Refunds will be paid by HMRC as usual.

Importantly, if you normally pay VAT by Direct Debit, you must cancel this to stop HMRC taking payment.

Income Tax Deferral

Some who pay income tax by self-assessment are required to make a payment on account in July each year.  The payment due July 2020 is to be deferred until January 2021 with no need for any application.

HMRC Coronavirus Helpine

HMRC have launched a new helpline just for Coronavirus (COVID 19). The aim is to help agree payment plans, suspend debt collections and cancel penalties in certain circumstances. You can reach HMRC on 0800 0159 559. We suggest speaking with them as soon as you believe you may have an issue.


Winter Economy Plan

Winter Economy Plan

As we rolled towards Autumn it became clear that the UK faced an extended battle against the COVID 19 pandemic.  In order to further support the economy the Chancellor announced a Winter Economy Plan on 24 September.  Here we cover the key updates and how to access...

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No problem, we’re working with clients to put together Coronavirus Action Plans, Cashflow Forecasts and reviews of Business Plans.

If you need more help accessing support and planning ahead, get in touch.